Senior defenseman Ryan Shea handed out two assists for the Huskies
Northeastern Clinches Playoff Berth With 2-1 Win Over Boston University
Senior defenseman Ryan Shea handed out two assists for the Huskies

BOSTON - Senior Patrick Harper scored his 14th goal of the season, but the Boston University men's ice hockey team fell to No. 16 Northeastern, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon at Agganis Arena.

BU (13-13-8, 10-9-5 Hockey East) finished sixth in the Hockey East standings and will travel to third-seeded UMass Lowell to begin a best-of-three quarterfinal series on Friday, March 13, at 7:15 p.m. Game two of the series will take place Saturday, March 14, at 6 p.m., with a third game scheduled for Sunday, March 15, at 4 p.m., if necessary.

Freshman Trevor Zegras and senior captain Patrick Curry both assisted on Harper's strike, which came 3:06 into the third period to cut the Northeastern (18-13-3, 11-12-1 HE) lead to just 2-1. The Terriers had several chances to equalize and played the final 1:44 of the contest with a 6-on-4 advantage thanks to a Husky penalty and the removal of graduate student Sam Tucker (24 saves) in favor of an extra attacker, but they were unable to get a second goal.


- BU began the game with a power-play chance after officials assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty to Northeastern backup netminder Curtis Frye.

- Northeastern scored a power-play goal 8:08 into the first period to take a 1-0 lead before Matt Filipe gave the Huskies a 2-0 lead just 43 seconds into the middle stanza.

- Harper got BU on the board early in the third period at the tail end of a power play. Curry won an offensive-zone draw back to Zegras, who shuffled the puck to Harper at the left point. Harper's shot appeared to have rung the post and stayed out; the game continued until the next whistle, when officials immediately reviewed the play. Replay confirmed that the puck did indeed cross the goal line.

- Harper nearly evened the score late in the period, but his shot from the top of the right circle undoubtedly hit the post and the Huskies escaped with the win.


- The Terriers honored their six-member senior class prior to their final home game and then celebrated the 25th anniversary of the 1994-95 NCAA championship team with a ceremony in the first intermission.

- BU held a 30-26 shot advantage.

- The Terriers went 1-for-6 on the power play while the Huskies went 1-for-2.


- The Terriers will start their postseason on Friday (March 13) when they visit UMass Lowell in the opener of a best-of-three Hockey East quarterfinal series.

- Game time at Tsongas Center is set for 7:15 p.m.

- This marks the second consecutive season (and the third time in five years) that BU is heading to Lowell for the quarterfinals.

- The Terriers defeated the River Hawks in three games last season.

Game Summary

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Game statistics
26 Shots 30
1 / 3 Power Plays 1 / 6
6 / 12 PIM 3 / 6
18-13-3 Records 13-13-8
Northeastern Boston University
Aidan McDonough (11)
1st/8:08 PP
Matt Filipe (9)
3rd/0:43  GW
Patrick Harper (14)
3rd/3:06 PP
Northeastern Boston University
Craig Pantano
59:56, 29 Saves, 1 GA
(W, 18-13-3)

Empty Net
0:04, 0 GA
Sam Tucker
58:14, 24 Saves, 2 GA
(L, 10-8-6)

Empty Net
1:46, 0 GA